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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Peppermint Bark

One of the easiest Christmas candies you can make. This takes about 5 minutes of prep time plus a little time in the fridge to set. It is also extremely easy to transport so if you need a last minute snack to take to a holiday party or want something homemade to take to your co-workers, this is quick and easy.

Peppermint Bark
1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate
1 lb. white chocolate
6 candy canes

Line a jellyroll pan with wax paper, leaving about 3" on the sides so you can easily lift out the paper and set aside. (I used a 9x13 pan, make it bigger or smaller depending on how thick you want your candy to be.) Melt semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler until smooth, stirring constantly. Pour melted chocolate into prepared pan and spread with a rubber spatula. Put pan in the refrigerator to chill for about 15 minutes until set. Meanwhile, add candy canes to food processor and pulse several times until they are broken into small chunks. Do not over process or you will just have peppermint dust.

Remove chilled pan from refrigerator. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler and add some of the peppermint dust if desired. Again, stir constantly until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour over the semi-sweet chocolate and spread with a rubber spatula. Add crushed candy canes on top and return to refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
Once hardened, lift wax paper sheet and peel off candy. Break candy into pieces as desired.
Note: If you do not have a double boiler, chocolate can be melted in a heat proof bowl set inside a saucepan of simmering water, make sure the bowl you choose fits steadily in the top of the saucepan, or in the microwave, just be careful not to burn the chocolate.

1 comment:

  1. I never liked peppermint or candy canes but I do like the other candy-flavored ones. I might have to try this with one of those. This seems so easy!!


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